PHILADELPHIA — With every part of their grasp, the Houston Texans have to attend to presumably clinch the AFC South and a playoff berth after dropping their Sunday sport to the Philadelphia Eagles 32-30.
Issues regarded bleak for the Texans after the Eagles jumped as much as a 29-16 lead early within the fourth quarter however quarterback Deshaun Watson and the offense answered again solely to be let down by a protection that gave up 471 yards within the air to quarterback Nick Foles.
“I feel that’s the NFL,” coach Invoice O’Brien mentioned concerning the loss to the Eagles. “I feel that every one these video games, nearly, everybody we’ve been on this yr has come all the way down to the final two or three minutes of the sport. Typically we’ve been on prime of these video games and immediately we weren’t. Once more, give Philly, their workforce and training employees loads of credit score they did a greater job than we did total. They made extra performs and provides them credit score.”
The Texans protection struggled to cease the Eagles passing assault regardless of creating three turnovers on the day. With blown coverages and missed tackles, Eagles tight finish Zach Ertz paced the passing assault with 12 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns and the massive blow got here on Nelson Agholor’s 83-yard landing reception to flip the sport within the favor of the Eagles.
“It is the identical, about three weeks now, we’re simply giving up too many passing yards,” Mathieu mentioned of the Texans protection. “Cannot actually get off the sphere on third down. We’re making an attempt to claw our technique to victory. Everyone’s not gonna miss a kick so we will win the sport.”
Ertz labored the Texans protection with the Eagles utilizing him to assault Houston’s linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties. He was a matchup drawback the complete sport for the protection.
“Robust matchup,” O’Brien mentioned of Ertz. “Nevertheless, many catches, 100-plus catches, typically we had been with him however typically we weren’t. It simply wasn’t sufficient.”
The Texans secondary was in shambles after the primary quarter after they misplaced cornerback/security Kareem Jackson to a knee harm, cornerback Kayvon Webster with a thigh harm and cornerback Johnathan Joseph missed a great portion of the sport with a shoulder harm. With the shortage of our bodies on the cornerback place, the protection was uncovered much more when it counted most.
Watson virtually labored his magic, finishing 29-of-40 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns. As soon as once more, the Texans operating sport struggled to get going, leaving Watson to work his magic within the fourth quarter. Hitting operating again D’Onta Foreman for a 20-yard landing cross and rookie receiver Vyncint Smith for a 35-yard landing strike, Watson went 13-of-19 for 175 yards for 2 touchdowns.
“He simply has unbelievable instincts; he sees issues nicely. He hangs in there; he is powerful,” O’Brien mentioned of Watson. “A soccer subject for him is heaven on Earth. Clearly, we’ve a powerful perception in him and what he can do.”
With the loss, the Texans head to Week 17 with a win and they’re AFC South champions with a house playoff sport on the horizon. Even with the disappointing final result, O’Brien is trusting his workforce to bounce again and get again on observe in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We now have a mentally powerful workforce, we do, we’ve a mentally powerful workforce,” O’Brien defined. “Look, on the finish of the day, it’s a lengthy season; we’re a 10 and 5 soccer workforce. We did not do sufficient immediately, Philly did extra. We now have to get again and regroup and prepare for Jacksonville.”